Luke 9:46-50 Reflection ~
I know people who are masters at changing a conversation if the discussion is already familiar to them. My inclination is to pursue the conversations depth until I understand. I suspect John knew he was supposed to divert the conversation about who was the greatest, so the other disciples could let what Jesus said change their hearts. Maybe John fed Jesus this softball query so they would more easily comprehend Jesus’s loving response to those using his name.
Luke 9 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
46 An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, 48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.”
49 John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 9:46-50.